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Tim Beattie

    Another characteristic feature of the galleys which sailed out of Bristol in the early eighteenth century was that they were flush-decked. The ‘Dutchess’, which sailed with the ‘Duke’ on the Woodes Rogers voyage of 1708-12, was described as a galley but may well have been a so-called Bristol runner described admiringly by the commissioner for Plymouth in 1712 (NRS,1961). Both the Duke and Dutchess had rowing ports and used them to great effect during their successful expedition.

    Tim Beattie